Partially cook the veggies with some salt and water. Ensure that they are cooked just right – neither crunchy nor too mushy.
In a mortor slightly crush ,fennel seeds ,cinnamon,cloves,cardamom and star anise. You need not powder it fine .
Soak cashew and khus khus in water for about 15- 25 mins.
Heat oil in a kadai or pan.Temper with mustard seeds,cumin seeds and bay leaf.When mustard splutters add crushed garam masala ingredients.Saute for a minute or so .Next add chopped onions n green chillies.Saute till onion turns translucent.
Next add chopped tomatoes and little salt. Saute till tomatoes become mushy .
Meanwhile grind all the ingredients mentioned under things to grind. Add some water and grind to a smooth paste.
Once tomatoes become mushy ,add the ground masala .Add turmeric and mix well.Saute the masala well till it leaves oil and raw smell goes completely.
Once the masala is nicely fried,add cooked mixed vegetables.
Add salt and enough water to get the desired consistency of kurma .Mix well .Close the pan with a lid leaving a small gap .Cook over medium low flame for about 5-10 mins.The Kurma will thicken as it boils and veggies will taken in spices.Check the consistency of the kurma again and add little more water if required.Let it come to a boil. Switch off. Add chopped coriander leaves and lemon juice.Mix well.
Transfer the yummy aromatic Kurma to a serving bowl and serve it hot with chapathi/poori/Rava Idly/Set Dosa / Jeera Rice /Ghee Rice etc.Do try it out friends.. I am sure you will love it. I ve got thumbs up by many for this recipe of Veg Kurma..
The vegetables should be par boiled the first time. So take care not to over cook it.
In case you dont have coconut , you can add coconut milk.
You can also add paneer / tofu /soya chunks to the kurma.
Cut all veggies almost even size. So that all veggies cook evenly .
Frying of masala well till raw smell goes is an important step for a good Kurma.